Media Releases 2017 - 2015
“This is a sore blow and a tragic loss to gospel lovers and to our nation as a whole. We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of this most loved and revered musician,” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
It has come to our attention that there is a fake Facebook account registered purporting to be that of the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa. This is not Minister Mthethwa’s Facebook account.
Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa launched the Young Patriots Programme at Freedom Park, Pretoria on the 25th of November 2016. The programme is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture through National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).
Our country has lost a highly respected and talented filmmaker with the passing of Junaid Ahmed. He was a comrade and a writer, a producer and director.
Department of Arts and Culture has appointed Connect Channel to organise the South African pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. It is a pleasure to announce that Candice Breitz and Mohau Modisakeng will represent South Africa at the world’s most prestigious contemporary art event.
On behalf of President Jacob Zuma, our government and the people of South Africa, we extend a warm welcome to His Excellency Prime Minister Rosário and his delegation.
Ndi matsheloni. This year marks the 13th annual national oral history conference organized by the Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA). This conference is aptly titled: Chanted Memories and Anniversaries: Celebrating Our Common Past(s).
Avuxeni! Allow me from the onset to commend Hosi Nwa’Mitwa for her commitment and relentlessness in the preservation of the Valoyi Va-Tsonga (Nwa’Mitwa’s) cultural heritage.
Reuben Malusi Khemese, alongside his brothers, Sandile and Thami, were founding members of the Soweto String Quartet. Coming from a highly talented, musical family, two of them became violinists for the Soweto Symphony Orchestra. Having played together since 1978, it would be much later in 1989 that they took the plunge and together with their friend, Makhosini Mnguni, established the Soweto String Quartet.
“We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of the cellist, Reuben Khemese. Together with his other group members, the Soweto String Quartet captured the imagination of the public both in South Africa and in the rest of the world, “ said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
Miriam Makeba in her seminal piece titled “African Sunset” demonstrated this, Hugh Masekela with his powerful song, “Stimela” once again demonstrated the power of arts in mobilising and conscientising society about the ills that confront society.